One Final Pass

By: Arthur L. Lindsay and Jan Berringer
Book report by: Austin Stuhr

"Iv'e coached some 2,000 football players at Nebraska, and I can honestly say nobody I ever coached had better character than Brook Berringer" -Tom Osborne

Brook Berringer was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on July 9th, 1973. His parents were big influences in his life but especially his dad who died of cancer when Brook was only seven and a half years old. Shortly after his death, Jan and the children moved to Goodland, KS. to be closer to family. Since Brook was the only son, he was forced to act like an adult earlier in his life and become the man of the house.

Brook was a star basketball player and an average football player in high school but decided to focus on football. Several months later Brook found himself on the UNL campus as a quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. In 1995  Nebraska won the national championship over Miami (behind the arms of Tommy and Brook). In 1995 Brook was considered to be the best back-up quarterback in the nation. Although Brooks senior year (in which Nebraska beat the Florida Gators in the national championship) wasn't as good as his junior year due to injury, Brook survived on the firm believe that God would have the final word for his worth.

With Brooks senior year behind him, he had to focus on the upcoming NFL draft. He impressed many NFL coaches at the combine with his speed and arm strength. Two days before the draft, Brook was to attend and speak at the FCA banquet. Also his future brother-in-law, Tobey, was in Lincoln so they decided to go for an airplane ride. Flying was one of Brooks passions. They drove out to the grass air strip near Raymond and they weren't in the air for more than 10 minutes before the plane came plummeting to the Earth killing both Brook and Tobey. The news of the crash spread quickly. Brooks funeral would be later attended by over 4,000 people in the Max L. Jones Fieldhouse in his home town of Goodland KS. Brook Berringer was taken first overall in the 1996 draft, by God.

What did I enjoy about this book?

I enjoyed many things about this book. First of all, I am a HUGE Nebraska football fan and I like football in general. Reading about Brook has inspired me with his determination and his faith in God.

Authors thesis? Was it supported by evidence?

Life is short. Live everyday to the fullest and follow your dreams because you never know when you are going to die. You need your soul ready at all times to give to God. The authors thesis was supported because Brook died unexpectedly in an airplane crash but before he did that he renewed his faith in Christ and he was just a kind person in general to everybody.

Tone of the book?

For most of the book, the tone was upbeat and motivational. Brook motivates himself to be the best person he could be everyday of his life. He trained hard on the football field, in the classroom, and around the community. Even when he died, the positive was that he was prepared for heaven and ready to go home.

Would I recommend this book?

Definitely! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes inspirational books about people who live their life to the fullest (Must be read by ALL husker fans).

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